FRANKFURT Jan 27 German hospitals operator
Rhoen Klinikum said it will hang on to some hospitals
for now in order to get a deal to sell a portfolio of clinics to
Fresenius SE approved by merger authorities.
Rhoen said it would retain three hospitals in Cuxhaven,
Waltershausen-Friedrichroda and Boizenburg.
"In the next few months Rhoen Klinikum will develop and
implement a sustainable alternative concept for the future of
these hospitals," it said in a statement on Monday.
It said it assumed that the German cartel office would clear
the transaction for the other 40 hospitals.
Rhoen had announced in September plans to sell most of its
hospitals for around 3 billion euros ($4.1 billion) to outflank
opponents to an outright sale of the company.
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(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Christoph Steitz)